This note just dropped into the OM Inbox.
Dear Miss Mussel,
Thank you for your order of tickets from Perimeter Institute.
Your ticket(s) were confirmed on Sep, 27 2007 at 01:32pm
1 Stool Seating ticket(s) for The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on September 27th 2007 at 7:30pm.
Miss Mussel’s thoughts on backless seating aside, this is set to be one of the most eagerly awaited concerts of the season in this part of the world. Of course, the other concerts in the series, Richard Goode, Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax are also eagerly anticipated later in the year but this one is special.
Classical music didn’t turn up on Miss Mussel’s radar until she was about 14 or 15 years old, back when CD players were just becoming “the thing.” Able to buy better than she could afford due to a fortuitous scratch and dent sale, Miss Mussel found herself with a truly fabulous piece of stereophonic equipment. It featured the all important double tape deck, a top loading CD player, a manual graphic equalizer and an independent control for bass boost.
After walking proudly out of the shop, trying desperately to stay a respectable number of steps away from her mother, Miss Mussel suddenly realized that there was a serious problem. Due to a small budgetary oversight, there were no remaining funds with which to purchase any music. Like Hans without Franz, Siegfried sans Roy, a stereo without a CD paints a pathetic picture of wasted potential.
Thankfully a daring expedition to the furthest corners of a suburban Sam The Record Man provided the solution before the gravity of the situation manifested itself as a full-scale, mid-mall meltdown. The total remaining balance was about $25. Not enough to get two pop CDs but more than enough to buy three classical music discs from the bargain rack. World’s Best Overtures, New Year’s Day in Vienna & some other title now consigned to the dustbin of Miss Mussel’s memory were the winners, selected almost entirely at random.
From endless playings of The Radetzky March, Pizzicato Polka, Skater’s Waltz, Tannhauser and 1812 overtures and, inevitably, Pachelbel’s Canon, grew an intense curiosity about classical music. This led to many an hour spent in the local classical CD shop and an inordinate number of ASMF recordings making their home on the bookshelf.
So, 15 years later, at the launch of another classical music adventure, Miss Mussel is yet again intersecting with the ASMF. Only this time, it’s live!
Full report tomorrow.